Music Season 2010:
(The opinion expressed in this blog belongs to the author (Mukkai S. Krishnamoorthy) and does not reflect the views of Pallavi or its executive members)
With the howling cold wind, with sub zero temperatures and snow falling, luckily I have had some "free" time between semesters. During this time, I take great comfort in listening to the music season in Madras. One of the concert series I listen to is the Thematic music Concert series (Margazhi Mahotsavam series broadcast by Jaya TV). I think each artists takes up a theme and brings his/her music talents to amplify the theme.
I talk about music and concerts, not because I am an expert (I am a novice in music appreciation at best) but a sheer joy of sharing some of the pleasures of listening.
(Eminent author Sri R. K. Narayan has articulated this view here - Thanks to veeyens for sharing this)
Themes varied from "tatvam", "Ganesha", "Krishna", "bhajana pantha", "aayul, arogyam", "Hariyum and Haranam", "Kaalam or Time" and "All/Different Bharathi's compositions", "Namasivaya" , "Vel Murugan nama sankeerthanam", "Nine Types of Bhakthi", "Thyaga Ragas", "Krishna Leelai", "Utsava Sampradaya Kritis", "Oothukaadu Venkata Kavi".
While thematic concerts seem like a novel idea, there could be drawbacks. I now list one of the common criticisms raised by one rasika:
"To ask a musician to explain Tatvam Asi or advaitha concept is like asking for the recipe of badir bheni or bisi bela holi to a table waiter or expecting a bookshop salesperson to explain cardiac arrythmyas or principles of rocket propulsion. It is the fundamental mistake of the organizers of Margazhi mahothsav.It is unfortunate that the musicians are made the scapegoat with sheepish look. in public gaze."
Another rasika commented:
"From a ton of ore, you get a couple of grams of gold, rest mere dust"
My own feeling is more akin to the rasika number 2 (take what ever you feel is good and leave out the rest). Any way here are the music concerts for you to enjoy (Thanks to Mr. Venkata Kailasam )
1) Malladi Brothers
3) Abhishek Raghuram
4) Priya Sisters
5) Vijay Siva
6) Ranjani Gayatri
9) Sanjay Subramanian
10) Aruna Sayeeram
11) O. S. Arun
12) Sudha Raghunathan
13) Ganesh and Kumaresh
14) Visaka Hari
15) Sowmya and Group
16) Nisha Rajagopal
18) Karnatica Brothers
19) Smt. Lakshmi Rangarajan and Ms.Subhiksa Rangarajan
20) Bhushani Kalyanaraman
21) Saketh Raman
22) Sankara Narayanan (Jr)
23) Savitha Narasimhan
24) Dr. Ganesh
25) Charumathi Ramachandran and Subasri Ramachandran